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Industry Working Groups

CDOIF's cross-industry working groups are set up to look into the issues and challenges that face the chemicals sector. Each group is tasked with finding solutions to sector wide problems, or in some cases providing clarity in areas where uncertainty may give rise to poor performance. The groups approach is to gain agreement on implementing solutions and with the support of government regulators drive improvements in safety and health, and the environment. An industry representative spearheads each of the groups.

Current CDOIF cross-industry groups:

PSLG Report - Application of PSLG Final Progress Report to Other Sectors

The PSLG Final Report understandably had as its primary focus the raising of standards in bulk gasoline storage in in-scope tanks fed by pipeline. However during the regulator and cross-industry working group process that led to the report, a wide range of process safety guidelines were identified that apply across industry - however, the form of the PSLG report means that a large portion of industry outside oils and fuels would probably not be aware of and apply it to their businesses.

Lead: Mr Phil Scott - Chemical Industries Association

PSLG Report - Hazard Awareness During Tanker Loading Operations

On the 25th June 2010, HSE held a workshop to discuss with operators and trade associations recent incidents involving the loss of containment of petroleum products during tanker filling operations at terminal loading racks.  In summary, the incidents reported highlighted concerns over three key aspects of filling operations, these are:

The purpose of these terms of reference is to define the scope of a working group to address third bullet.

Lead: Mr Peter Davidson - United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA)

Guidance for Environmental risk tolerability for COMAH Establishments

The PSLG final report requires operators of Buncefield ‘in scope’ tanks to carry out a layer of protection analysis (LOPA) of a gasoline overflow. Appendix 2 of the report provides guidance for the determination of the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) element of the LOPA; however, the report does not provide clear guidance on Environmental Integrity Level (EIL) determination.

The COMAH CA requires operators to submit site safety reports and / or management system risk assessments that demonstrate that the environmental risk for the whole COMAH establishment has been reduced to a tolerable level.

Lead: Dr Hugh Bray - Tank Storage Association

Climate Change Adaptation

The Earth's climate is changing. Rising global temperatures will bring changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather.

In recognition of the potential impact of climate change on industry, the Chemical and Downstream Oil Industry Forum decided to consider climate change adaptation in its 2010/11 work plan.

Lead: Dr Hugh Bray - Tank Storage Association

Occupational Disease Working Group

A strategic challenge for industry, trade associations and others working within the chemical manufacturing sector, is to reduce the incidence of work related ill health.

The nature of the chemical sectors’ business means exposure to chemicals is a long-standing risk, with standards for protecting employees well documented and widely understood across the sector. The expectation is that this is an area where businesses operating within the chemicals manufacturing sector should actively manage and demonstrate performance in managing risks arising from harmful exposure. 

The working group has been established under the direction of Chemical and Downstream Oil Industry Forum (CDOIF). CDOIF is the chemical sectors principle stakeholder forum for delivering complimentary programmes of work aimed at addressing current and emerging issues across the chemicals and downstream oil industries. 

Preventing ill health when handling chemicals

Lead: Mr Bud Hudspith - Unite the Union

Leak Detection Working Group

The final report of the Process Safety Leadership Groups (PSLG) safety and Environmental standards for fuel storage sites was published in December 2009. The Major Incident Investigation Board (MIIB) report recommendation 13 stated: ‘Operators of Buncefield-type sites should employ measures to detect hazardous conditions arising from loss of primary containment, including the presence of high levels of flammable vapours in secondary containment. Operators should without delay undertake an evaluation to identify suitable and appropriate measures.

Lead: Mr Peter Davidson - United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA)

Updated 2015-05-15